Google Drive updated with new Material Design-inspired “home screens” for the web

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Google has updated Drive with brand new “home screens,” which feature an updated view to find your most relevant and recently edited documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

The new look is clearly inspired by Material Design, which we expect to continue its rollout to other Google products in the coming months. There’s also some nice drag and drop functionality that has been added, allowing users to quickly place documents into created folders. You’ll be able to view your most recent activity on a right sidebar as well — this feature is especially useful if you’re sharing the account with others.

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How to setup Google Drive on your desktop for syncing

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Keeping the documents on your computer organized in the past was as easy as creating named folders and clicking/dragging files into those folders. Now with the rise of the cloud, there are hundreds of tools that can be used to help users access their files from almost anywhere.

Google Drive has become one of the best of those options.

Many people use Google Drive solely for online word processing and document storing, but since the popular web application introduced “Drive for your computer,” users have begun using Drive to sync files on their computer with Google Drive online.

Want to get started with “Drive for your computer?” Read along below for detailed instructions.

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AT&T’s HTC One (M8) receiving update that fixes Google Drive bug

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The bug that was preventing AT&T owners of the HTC One (M8) from redeeming their 50GB of Google Drive space is now getting fixed. The carrier is pushing an update to the device after approving it from HTC. After installing the update, there is a chance that your free storage is still not there. In that case, clear data from the Drive application in Settings and all should be well.

Let us know in the comments if you have gotten the update and enjoyed the 50GB of space.

Todoist gets Google Drive and Dropbox integration as well as native file support

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If you’re a Todoist user, you’re about to get a few nice upgrades that should help you stay on top of sharing and managing files. The company announced that they are bringing both Google Drive and Dropbox integration, plus support for managing and adding native files.

If you’re a free user that’s previously shared a project with other users, you’ll be able to attach images, spreadsheets, documents, etc. directly from Google Drive and Dropbox from within Todoist. Unfortunately, they’re restricting that feature from users that haven’t shared any projects. » Read the rest

Google Drive Android app update to version 1.3, removing some features

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Google is updating their Google Drive app for Android this week, but the app will actually remove some functionality from it, likely because of the release of separate apps for documents and spreadsheets.

To edit any documents users will need to install the new Docs and Sheets apps, although these documents can be viewed on the main Drive app. Once the new apps are installed, the features and functions are much the same as the old Drive app. Hit the break for more info, as well as the Play Store download link!

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50GB Google Drive offer on AT&T HTC One M8 down because of glitch

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HTC‘s Advantage program has a number of great selling points, including the free Google Drive space that you get with it. HTC has just posted a message on the Advantage website alerting customers to a bug with the AT&T HTC One (M8) Google Drive deal.

The message states the issue as being a “minor technical error”, and there’s really no other details except that HTC is working on fixing it. We don’t really know who exactly is to blame, but the feature will reportedly be back up in mid-May. To see the notice for yourself hit the source link below, and then click on “AT&T HTC One (M8) ALERT” under the free storage column.

Source: HTC

Google Drive now allows users to edit images in Slides and Drawings

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We have a good news for those who keep their presentation slides in Google Drive. Google announced Tuesday on its blog that images can now be edited by users in Google Slides and Drawings.

The company introduced a range of tools which enable image editing directly from within Slides and Drawings. These include cropping, applying masks, and adding borders to the images. These tools are quite useful since most of us usually end up noticing that some of the images in the slides require a little editing and with these new tools, we no longer need to depend on an external image editing program. » Read the rest

Google lowers cost for Google Drive storage

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Today, on the second anniversary of Google Drive, Google has announced that they are lowering the cost for storage on Google Drive. To buy 100GB of storage previously cost $4.99 per month, and now will only set you back $1.99 per month. To buy 1TB of storage used to cost $49.99 per month, and now it will only cost you $9.99. Users can now buy 10TB of storage for $99.99.

The price difference is substantially lower than before, with a terabyte costing a fifth of what it used to. Of course users can continue to use Google Drive for free with 15GB of storage. Current paying users will automatically be moved to a better plan at no extra cost.

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Google Drive update brings along a tiny widget for document scanning, animated GIF support

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Google Drive is receiving an update today that brings small, useful additions alongside some bug fixes. First up is a new 1×1 widget that links directly to the document scanning feature within Google Drive. Also added in the update is the support for animated GIFs. And, as most updates do, unidentified bug fixes are included.

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Google Drive adds activity stream to show recent changes

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Google_Drive_Splash_BannerToday, Google Drive added a new “activity stream” that makes it easier to track changes in documents that are shared among multiple users. The stream will track edits and comments, as well as actions like adding new spreadsheets, renaming documents, and changing the users who a file was shared with. To access the stream, click the new info button in the top navigation bar, and it will pop up.

The feature will begin rolling out over the next week, so don’t fret if you don’t see it just yet.

Source: Google Drive Blog